Amazon just released the Kindle Fire, this new tablet expands on the very successful Kindle eReader series and brings advanced capabilities like web browsing, apps and much more. The Kindle Fire runs on a version of Android customized by Amazon in order to integrate with its own services instead of the standard Google apps (Market etc.). As usual with Android devices the Kindle Fire has been rooted as soon as it was released. Let’s find out how.
Disclaimer: Please note that we will not be responsible if you end up bricking your device. Rooting or customizing your device can be risky, follow the instructions at your own risk.
death2all110 @ XDA first found out that the Kindle Fire can be rooted / jailbroken using SuperOneClick.
Prior to using SuperOneClick to root your Kindle Fire, you will first need to modify your ADB settings so that it recognizes this new tablet.
Follow these instructions in order to edit the ADB settings to root / jailbreak your Amazon Kindle Fire:
- On the computer where you installed the Android SDK, open up a File Explorer and navigate to the %USERPROFILE%\.android folder
- Now open up the adb_usb.ini folder and add 0x1949 to the end of the file
- Save adb_usb.ini
- Now go to the folder where you’ve installed the Android SDK (<sdk>) and open up the <sdk>\extras\google\usb_driver\ folder. You need to have installed the Google USB Driver first.
- In this folder open up the android_winusb.inf file and add the following lines to the [Google.NTx86] and [Google.NTamd64] sections:
%SingleAdbInterface% = USB_Install, USB\VID_1949&PID_0006
%CompositeAdbInterface% = USB_Install, USB\VID_1949&PID_0006&MI_01
- Save android_winusb.inf
Now to root your Kindle Fire, you’ll have to:
- Download SuperOneClick (SuperOneClickv2.2-ShortFuse.zip) on XDA @ [APP]SuperOneClick v2.2 (now with zergRush and su 3.0)
- Extract the SuperOneClickv2.2-ShortFuse.zip file on your computer
- On your Kindle Fire, activate the installation of applications from unknown sources, you’ll find the parameter this way: Tap the top bar of your Kindle Fire then Choose More...(+) then select Device.
- Connect your Kindle Fire to your computer
- Still on your computer, open up a command prompt (cmd.exe on Windows) and go to where the SDK is installed
- Type adb kill-server and run this command
- Type adb devices, run the command and you should see a device listed
- Start SuperOneClick and click on Root to root your Kindle Fire
Update (11/19/2011): You can find how to install the Android Market on your Kindle Fire in our article @ How To Install Android Market on Kindle Fire
You can find more information about how to root your Kindle Fire on XDA @ [ROOT][ONE-CLICK] How-To Get ADB running AND Root with SuperOneClick.